Ch 2: Biological Bases of Behavior: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Biological Bases of Behavior chapter of this Intro to Psychology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the biological bases of behavior. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of biological bases of behavior.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering college psychology material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn college psychology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding biological psychology or working with the various biological systems
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning psychology (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the biological bases of behavior
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra psychology learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Biological Bases of Behavior chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Biological Bases of Behavior chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about the biological bases of behavior. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • What are neurons and neurotransmitters?
  • How does the human nervous system work
  • What are the parts of the brain and their purposes?
  • How does the human endocrine system work?
  • What does neuroplasticity mean?

20 Lessons in Chapter 2: Biological Bases of Behavior: Help and Review
Intro to Biological Psychology

1. Intro to Biological Psychology

What are the biological factors that affect our behavior? In this lesson, you'll take a look at biological psychology, which looks at the interplay between biological processes and mental states.


2. Neurons

What are the parts of a neuron? You'll watch Neuron Garciaparra work up a sweat as he throws baseballs to demonstrate the structures and functions of the billions of neurons that reside in your body.


3. Neurotransmitters

How do our bodies communicate with our brains and vice versa? In this video, you'll see how neurons and neurotransmitters can be likened to billions of tiny baseball players engaged in a non-stop game of catch.

Nervous System

4. Nervous System

What happens in your nervous system when you react to stimuli? Did you know that the brain is sometimes uninvolved with reflexes? Find out the answer to these questions, and more, in this lesson on the human nervous system.

Parts of the Brain

5. Parts of the Brain

Is there a way to easily remember the many parts of the brain? Don't be afraid of all these complex terms; this lesson outlines some easy and fun phrases to help you memorize the brain's anatomy. Let's take a look.


6. Neuroplasticity

Is your brain preprogrammed and unchangeable or adaptive and malleable? As you watch this video, you'll explore how the brain, a more resilient and resourceful machine than any computer, responds to damage and new experiences.

Endocrine System

7. Endocrine System

Our hormones play a big part in how we feel and behave throughout the day. Hormones also affect important bodily functions. What other functions do our hormones regulate? Find out in this lesson on the endocrine system!

General Adaptation Syndrome: Stages, Definition & Examples

8. General Adaptation Syndrome: Stages, Definition & Examples

General adaptation syndrome (GAS) is the predictable way the body responds to stress as described by Hans Selye (1907-1982). Learn more about the three stages of general adaptation syndrome and test your knowledge with quiz questions.

Alpha Waves: Definition & Concept

9. Alpha Waves: Definition & Concept

Did you know that your brain produces electrical impulses that create brain waves? In this lesson, you will learn about the first brain waves to be discovered, how they are produced, measured and why they are significant today.

Biological Forces: Definition & Examples

10. Biological Forces: Definition & Examples

Biological forces can have a profound influence on whether a person develops a healthy brain and body. We'll learn the definition of biological forces and explore some examples of how they contribute to or inhibit the development process.

Biological Rhythm: Definition & Explanation

11. Biological Rhythm: Definition & Explanation

Learn what biological rhythms are and how they fit into the life cycles of different animals. Read about the circadian rhythm and other examples of biological rhythm that cause behaviors and growth.

What is Neuroplasticity? - Definition & Concept

12. What is Neuroplasticity? - Definition & Concept

In this lesson, we will look at what neuroplasticity is and how it works. We will also explore up-and-coming research that shows how neuroplasticity can help individuals with depression.

Stimuli: Definition & Examples

13. Stimuli: Definition & Examples

Stimuli are constantly affecting us and our daily lives. Therefore, it is important to understand how stimuli can cause changes in our environment and how we are able to adapt to them.

Ventromedial Hypothalamus: Definition & Function

14. Ventromedial Hypothalamus: Definition & Function

Your 'ventromedial hypothalamus' may sound scary, but really it's just a part of your brain. This lesson will explain what it is, where it is in the brain and what it does for you.

What is Testosterone? - Definition, Production & Therapy

15. What is Testosterone? - Definition, Production & Therapy

In this lesson learn the definition of testosterone, how it is produced in the body and different types of therapy treatments. Afterwards, take a quiz to see how you score in your understanding of this important hormone.

What is Dopamine? -  Definition & Function

16. What is Dopamine? - Definition & Function

In this lesson, learn what dopamine is and how to identify its effects on the body. Afterward, take a quiz to determine your understanding of the function of this amazing chemical.

Neurogenesis: Definition & Research

17. Neurogenesis: Definition & Research

In this lesson, you will discover what neurogenesis is and how it affects our everyday lives. You will also learn about the historical viewpoint of neurogenesis as well as newer, more exciting research on this important function.

What is Psychoneuroimmunology? - Definition & Impact

18. What is Psychoneuroimmunology? - Definition & Impact

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is the study of how the brain, nervous system, and the immune system impact each other. Applications include how stress leads to illness and how chronic inflammation can lead to cardiovascular problems and cancer.

What is Serotonin? - Definition & Function

19. What is Serotonin? - Definition & Function

This lesson describes what serotonin is and how it is used in the body. In addition, we'll discuss SSRIs, which boost serotonin levels in the brain; side effects of using SSRI's; serotonin syndrome; and natural ways to boost serotonin in the body.

Compulsive Behavior: Definition & Symptoms

20. Compulsive Behavior: Definition & Symptoms

This lesson explores compulsive behavior, thought to be a result of the psychological disorder known as obsessive-compulsive disorder. Learn why compulsive behaviors are recurrent, difficult to stop, and often interfere with people's everyday lives.

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